Been There, Done That

commentary on many different thoughts

Month: February, 2016

And now for some History

Alamo 002

Desperate to escape from the nonsense of the last presidential debates, I turned to John Wayne’s old war-horse, “The Alamo”.  Love that movie, especially the martinet William Barrett Travis as played by Lawrence Harvey.  (According to historical records, Travis was exactly that kind of a martinet – not overly well-liked.)

Which brings me to the holes in the movie.  Texas was a Mexican province in rebellion against its overlords, not the oppressed subject nation described so vividly in the film.  Immigrants had been wooed to Texas with the promise of land, in exchange for oaths of allegiance, understanding that slavery was not permitted in Mexican territories (this is 1824 remember) and a promise to convert to Catholicism.  The vast majority of the American settlers promised all and delivered little.

180 years ago today, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, generalissimo of Mexico, leaves Monclova in northern Mexico with 4000 troops, heading for the Rio Grande.  His intent is to chastise the settlers and restore order in Texas.  His troops have been marching since November.  They are wearing cotton fatigue suits.  There are no medical personnel, not much food, and very little in the way of forage for the horses, mules and oxen.  But they press on.

High in the Sky

IMG_20150708_0004IMG_20150708_0006Congratulations to Courtney Huguley and High in the Sky (“Big” for obvious reasons), who guided me to the American Saddle Horse Association of Alabama high-point academy driving award for 2015!  (Guess that means I’m high-point student driver!)


Throwback Friday

Just because:


Special Event’s three good boys:  from left to right, Thomas (Midnight Special), Jack (Something Special) and Star (Special Report – I keep forgetting his formal name).  Thomas (he’s actually a hand taller than he was in this photo, taken when he was only 3)is eventing at Intermediate this year, Jack is busily fox-hunting, and Star is a LOT bigger and much cuter, and is moving to Prelim.  Best of luck to Pam and her good boys.


While we are basking in sunshine in the Deep South (well, right now it’s actually raining but the temperature is 75),


the rest of the country looks more like this: